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Essential Music Theory for Electric Bass

By Robert Garner

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Essential Music Theory for Electric Bass composed by Robert Garner. For Electric Bass Guitar. Squareback saddle-stitched, Theory & Harmony. All Styles. Beginning. Book. 112 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20304).

ISBN 9780786677368. All Styles. 8.5 x 11 inches.

This book is designed to help guide a beginning music theory dialogue between instructor and student in private one-on-one lessons. Six areas of beginning music theory are covered. The major scale, the natural minor scale, intervals, triads, seventh chords and harmonized major and minor scales. Fingerings, intervallic structures and note names are also diagrammed in each chapter.

It is highly recommended that this book is used in the course of study with a professional bass instructor, though many players have found the book to be useful in self-study. A good bass teacher will help explain and demonstrate theory concepts in a live setting and also shed additional light in terms of alternate fingerings, ear training and gaining full technical mastery of theory concepts across the entire fingerboard.

  • 01) Diagram of Page Layout  
  • 02) Notes of the Staff  
  • 03) Notes of the Neck  
  • 04) Tuning  
  • 05) Cycle of Fifths  
  • 06) Chapter One  
  • 07) Major Scale  
  • 08) The Whole Step - Half Step Relationship  
  • 09) Chapter Review  
  • 10) Chapter Two  
  • 11) Natural Minor Scale  
  • 12) Shifting Technique for Major and Minor Scales  
  • 13) Chapter Review  
  • 14) Chapter Three  
  • 15) Intervals  
  • 16) Alphabetical Spelling - Intervals  
  • 17) Chapter Review  
  • 18) Chapter Four  
  • 19) Triads - Chord Structure  
  • 20) Alphabetical Spellings: Chords  
  • 21) Chapter Review  
  • 22) Chapter Five  
  • 23) Seventh Chords  
  • 24) Table of Triads & 7th Chords  
  • 25) Chapter Review  
  • 26) Chapter Six  
  • 27) Chords of the Major and Minor Scale  
  • 28) Chord Formula  
  • 29) Ear Training  
  • 30) Chapter Review  

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